Policing Meets Big Data

The mission of PredPol is simple: place officers at the right time and location to give them the best chance of preventing crime. To accomplish this, PredPol processes crime data in order to:

  1. assign probabilities of future crime events to regions of space and time
  2. present estimated crime risk in a useable framework to law enforcement decision makers
  3. lead to more efficient & more accurate resource deployment by local law enforcement agencies

The PredPol tool was developed over the course of six years by a team of PhD mathematicians and social scientists at UCLA, Santa Clara University, and UC Irvine in close collaboration with crime analysts and line level officers at the Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Police Departments.